Scratching the Surface
I’ve spent the last couple of weeks thinking about my “practical benevolence ideas.” I really appreciate everyone’s encouragement, but the more I think about it, the more I agree with Darin. That stuff isn’t really about benevolence – it is about coping with a terribly faulty system. They barely begin to scratch the surface of what really needs to be done.
Do you guys remember in Braveheart, when Robert the Bruce always knew what really needed to be done? Instead of going out and doing it, he always retreated to his father’s tower. He let his father continue to dominate the situation, and what’s worse, he BLAMED his father for for being his father. Despite great examples of courage, leadership, and despite his own considerable personal abilities, disaster had to occur before he would do what needed to be done.
I feel that way a lot about my relationship with my church. I feel like I keep retreating, retreating, retreating into a situation that isn’t going to change. They’re going to keep being who they are; they’re going to keep trying to spread their kingdom the same way they’ve always tried to spread it.
I’m afraid to follow Jesus, and it is too easy to keep on retreating. Does that make sense?
in HIS love,